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My First Mother’s Day + Gift Ideas

I know, I know. I was a mother when I was pregnant but this year is so special having Tripp in my arms to snuggle and hug(he was born TWO days after Mother’s Day last year). These last few years Mother’s Day has honestly been very sad. It is hard watching so many people celebrate with their mom and you don’t get to do that.

I love that this year has brought new meaning to this holiday. I am so thankful that God chose Tripp to be my little one. He has shown me unconditional love that I have never known. He has taught me to be more carefree and less uptight. He has taught me patience and understanding and that with one little grin that he can get out of a lot of trouble.

I can’t wait to spend this Mother’s Day with my little family. Really that is the best gift of all BUT if you were to ask me some fun gift ideas for moms here is what I would suggest!

Pampering is ALWAYS a good idea for mom so a massage or mani/pedi gift card are safe bets! Click to photos below for direct links!

For the clean freak like me
Roomba

For the techie:
Apple Watch

For the Fashionista
Tory Burch Clutch

For the jewelry lover
Kendra Scott Necklace

For the mom’s who need ALL the coffee
Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System

What is on your Mother’s Day list?
XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fort Worth Favorites- Part Deux

It is been awhile since I have posted about my favorite Fort Worth things.  Here is my previous post.  Everything I have listed are a mix of local and nation or region wide.  Just places I love to give my business to! I am hoping to start posting more regularly about my favorite places so this list is NOT all inclusive and I plan to continue to add to it.

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Activities:

The Zoo– Fun family activity with friendly staff!

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo– When in cowtown you have to go to the rodeo!

Food/Beverage:

Steel City Pops– Unique popsicles!

Sweet Sammies– Ice cream cookies.  Cookies are homemade and ice cream is the beloved Blue Bell.

Taco Diner– I like this family friendly restaurant because there are always kids, margaritas a yummy and their menu has fun twists on Mexican food!

Tech:

The Fixi Shop– Broken iPhone? No problem, they will fix it while your wait OR you can do curbside drop off!

Beauty:

Fancy Nails: Great staff and CLEAN establishment!

What are your cowtown favorites?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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OOTD: Date Night

Right now we are cherishing the moments of being a family of two before the bambino arrives.  We decided to treat ourselves to a date night at one of our Fort Worth favorites; Eddie V’s.

We actually just sat in the Lounge (aka the bar) and listened to a great jazz band while enjoying several appetizers, wine (for hubby) and dessert (for me) .

I finally am starting to “show” a little bit so clothes are actually looking less awkward… at least I think so. Here is a recap:

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Scarf [Similar]

Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21]

Sweater [Target]

Bootie Wedges [Target]

Leggings [Gap]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropies: Arthritis Foundation

Hi everyone! One of my goals of this year to is to incorporate more philanthropy into my blog.  So I have decide to spotlight outstanding organizations! This first organization is near and dear to my heart; The Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis has affected so many family members and friends of mine that I wanted to get involved to help find a cure. So over the last 2 years I have sat on the Jingle Bell Run Committee and the Walk to Cure Arthritis committee as part of the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas.

Did you know that Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children?! The Foundation not only holds events to help raise awareness and money to find a cure but the website and staff are full of information for those who are affected.  They help give health information health information, information for families of those affected and event camps for children who have JA.

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Here is a great overall description of what Arthritis Foundation does and how to get involved:

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, a disease which must be taken as seriously as other chronic diseases because of its devastating consequences.We are leading the way to conquer the nation’s leading cause of disability through increased education, outreach, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

Our goal is to reduce by 20 percent the number of people suffering from arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 2030.

Make Arthritis Unacceptable: We build involvement in the cause via advocacy, events, fundraising appeals, media relations and consumer information.Provide access to the information and resources needed to minimize the impact of arthritis: We mobilize funds and capacity to create broader reach and meaningful engagement that helps people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

Drive a strategic research agenda: We mobilize public and private funding as well as societal alignment around goals and strategies that offer major benefits for people with arthritis.

Influence policies and strategies to produce better outcomes for people with arthritis: We mobilize support for public and private policies that support arthritis prevention, innovation and access to quality care.

Reduce arthritis-related disparities in health and health care: We create greater capacity to assist underserved populations that have a significant arthritis burden.

What YOU Can Do

PARTICIPATE: Join an Arthritis Foundation program and improve your pain. Our fitness programs are designed to help you live better with arthritis. Moving is the best medicine.

ADVOCATE: Help change policies to improve the lives of people with arthritis and make treatments more effective and affordable.

VOLUNTEER: Find your local Arthritis Foundation office and get involved.

JOIN: Get numerous benefits by becoming a member of the Arthritis Foundation. Also, look for an Arthritis Walk, Jingle Bell Run/Walk or other event near you and raise money to support our work.

DONATE: For every dollar donated to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 75 cents goes directly to fund research and interventions for people with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation meets the strict qualifications of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, ensuring your tax-deductible gift is spent in ways that will best help people with arthritis.

If you have a Nonprofit organization you think I should spotlight please let me know! I am also looking to spotlight up and coming Young Professionals!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Crazy for Queso

During a tailgate the best way to make queso is in a crock pot.  My favorite is the Famous Queso Dip!

1 lb.  (16 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1can  (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
Dice VELVEETA® into cubes and pour RO*TEL into crock pot with cubes into crock pot.  Turn on high and let melt.  Stir occasionally.  Turn down to medium/low once completely melted.
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[picutre via RO*TEL]
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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Breakfast of Champs

Tailgates can sometimes start extra early so you definitely need to eat the most important meal of the day!  One of my favorites to make is biscuits and gravy! It is easy and everyone loves it!

breakfast

Pillsbury Grand Flaky Layers- 1 can

Pioneer Brand Gravy Mix- Country Sausage Flavor

Jimmy Dean Reduced Fat Sausage

Preheat oven and bake to directions the Pillsbury Grand calls for.  While those are baking start the prep for the gravy.  Boil the water and follow directions as Pioneer Brand states.  At the same time begin browning the sausage in skillet.  Once browned stir into gravy mix. Then get biscuits out and serve!

 

 

 

 

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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Koozies

I LOVE koozies… They are such great souvenirs to remember fun places you have been or things you have done.  So why not make a custom koozie for your tailgate?  They are cheep, fun and such a cool thing for guest to take away (and bring back for the next game)!

Here is what I believe I am going to order from Custom Ink:

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What do you think? I was trying to come up with a fun hashtag so we can *hopefully* track our tailgate guest pictures!

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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Beer+Frozen Lemonade+Vodka

One of my favorite drinks to have during those hot tailgates is a “snakebite”.  After googling it…. come to find out a “snakebite” is a completely different drink then what I know it as…. but who cares right?  As long as it taste good thats what is important.

3 Cans of beer (My favorite is Coors Light)

1 Large Can Frozen Lemonade

1/2 can vodka (use the empty frozen lemonade can)

Chucks of Lemon

 

Sorry for no picture… I never think to take one because as soon as we make a pitcher it is gone!

 

 

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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Apps

We all know how reliant we are on our phones these days so of course I have to include best Tailgate Apps. I am going to try to cover all my bases here!

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Games:

heads

 

Heads Up! has one player hold the phone with the “word” facing the crowd and the crowd describes the word without saying it! Makes for good laughs and a lot of fun!

dark sky

 

Dark Sky gives you on the spot weather updates… definitely important for those outdoor tailgates!

espn

Need I say more?  You need your sports stats and updates which you are enjoying your tailgate!

beer wizard

 

Beer Wizard helms you pair the best beer with the food you are eating at your tailgate! igrill

Igrill is a great device and app combo! You can purchase the device here! It helps ensure your meat is cooked to the perfect temperature!